“ Type: Dairy / Brand: Tesco „
We recently purchased (June 2012) of a dozen packs and all tastes horrible. Any worse and I'd suspect it was contaminated. Not recommended for toast/crumpets. Cooking only.
A while ago I made the decision to stop buying low fat spreads and to just buy butter. This was for two reasons, firstly butter tastes so much better than the low fat spreads and secondly because I read an article that said that the low fat spreads contain that many chemicals and artificial additives but with butter at least you know what you are getting.
The only downside with butter though at the moment is the cost! Since the beginning of the recession the price of butter has gone up and up. This has not put me off buying it, I just look for special offers instead or if not buy the shops own value brands. The butter I have been buying most recently when no other brands are on offer is the Tesco value butter. This is currently priced at just £1.10 for a 250g pack.
The butter comes in a rectangular block and is packaged in a waxy paper that is wrapped tightly around the butter in a parcel form. On the front of the wrapper is a picture of a block of butter on a dish with a knife. The packaging is very simple and has the Tesco value logo on the front.
Butter is not exactly the best thing for you as it is very high in Fat, in fact each 10g of butter contains 8.1g of Fat! But this butter contains no added preservatives or colouring, just a little salt.
This butter is nice tasting and is slightly creamy and not too salty. It is fantastic on fresh bread or toast and is also great to cook with, especially as I am a little addicted to making cupcakes at the moment so I add it to the recipe and use it to make the butter cream too. I would not say this is the best butter on the market as it is not as creamy as some of the branded butters but it is great as a cheaper alternative and tastes pleasant and works just as well for baking etc.
Like many people I try to save money on my grocery shopping when possible and so over the past year or so I have tried out many more Tesco value and own brand products, some more successfully than others.
Over the last few months, I really noticed the price of butter going up. I tend to use a non butter spread but do like to use real butter over vegetables or when baking, which is why I buy it regularly and thus notice price increases. When I noticed Tesco produced a value butter I thought it was worth giving it a go. However at £1.10 for a 250g pack, it isn't THAT much cheaper than some of the branded butters, but every penny helps!
LIke all Tesco value products, the packaging is not very attractive, but it doesn't bother me as long as the product is good. Tesco sell both salted and unsalted value butter, but it is the latter that I usually buy.
There is nutritional information given on this pack stating that each serving contains 75 calories, 8g of fat of which 5g is saturated and only a trace of sugar. Having compared this to branded butters there isn't a lot of difference in nutritional values.
As I said at the beginning, I tend only to use butter for baking or over vegetables for cooking, rather than for spreading on toast or in sandwiches, simply for health reasons. In terms of taste, it probably isn't quite on a par with the branded butters. I don't find it as rich and buttery as other brands, however since i predominantly use it for baking, I have noticed no difference in the taste at all of my baked goods when using this product, and therefore, why would I pay more when it makes my baking taste the same.
All in all, whether you buy this probably depends on what you want it for. If you use real butter on toast for example, I think it is worth paying that little bit extra for a branded product, however if you using it for baking then those penny saved are ideal, as there is no difference in the baked products in regards to taste in my experience. So not the best but not the worst, it just depends what you use it for!
Tesco Value Butter..........
I never used to like butter but the fact that I only used to like St Ivel Gold which was discontinued and vanished from our shelves never to be seen again made me try out new butter type products.
I now absolutely can't get enough of proper full fat butter and find it goes far too quickly in our household and does cost a high price if it is bought every week along side low fat spreads too. So I decided to try out the Tesco Value Butter. It is a little bit cheaper than a branded butter at 85p for 250grams and quite often Anchor butter is on offer for £1 so really I think your saving around 15p by buying the Value version.
As per usual the packaging on the Tesco Value items is not great which is why I guess the price is low as you are not paying for nice looking packaging. It does however give you all the information that you would need to know when buying this butter. Such as it contains an added 1.7% salt.
The butter on opening the waxy paper wrapper looks just as any other butter would look. It is not as yellow in colour as a block of Anchor butter but it does have a nice golden look about it. Having a good whiff of the product doesn't give off any smell which I guess is a good thing as I don't think butter should smell - should it?
Anyhow the most import part of this review has got to be the taste test. Spreading the butter was easy as I always keep my butter in a little dish in the kitchen so the butter can be spread easily on bread instead of tearing it when it has been kept in the fridge.
There is more of a smell to the butter when it has melted on a slice of freshly warm toast and this just smells a little bit milky and perhaps greasy. The taste of the butter is okay. It is not nearly as nice as the branded butters such as Anchor or Country Life. It really has quite a greasy taste to it and although it does taste like butter it doesn't give the creaminess and richness that I so like in butter.
I would say however that this butter is perfect for baking. I have made many different cakes and things where butter has been needed and I have used this instead of higher priced butter and they have worked out just as well. I would buy it again just for baking but I really don't think it is as tasty as other butters and therefore I would prefer to pay that little bit extra to get good quality.
All in all a good butter for baking or indeed butter emergency situations! However its not as cheap as it should be so I would recommend paying the small bit extra and getting a really tasty one!
I think a 2 out of 5 star rating and a recommendation only if yopu are making cakes!
I do hope that this has been of some help to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Ok, so this is butter. With a minimum saturated fat content of 80%, it's basically a solid lump of fat, with a bit of salt thrown in. But I love butter, and can't help feeling that there must be some benefit in eating a 'natural' product as opposed to some weird, manufactured margarine, full of ingredients I don't understand. Plus, there's the small issue of taste, and nothing beats that creamy richness on a piece of toast. Mmmm...
Anyway, justification over, it's time to move on to this particular butter. I find the supermarket value ranges to be a bit hit and miss, but the simpler the product is, the more likely it is to be of a similar quality to the higher priced versions. I mean, how many variations on saturated fat and salt can there be?!
At 85p per 250g pat, this butter is substantially cheaper than the branded versions, so that's one point in its favour. Wrapped in the usual Value style, it doesn't look particularly glamorous, but the paper it comes in serves perfectly well as a greaser for cake tins, which is probably the only reason you'd keep it. The wrapper also has handy 50g marks along it, so it's easy to cut off the right amount for baking.
The butter itself is average in appearance and texture- nothing to comment on here. As for the taste, it's reasonable, but not quite up to the standard of the pricier brands. It's difficult to put my finger on why- it's about the same in saltiness, but seems to lack some of that creamy, dairyish flavour that adds a mellow element to other butters. This doesn't really have that smooth, unifying taste- the salt comes through, and the fat comes through, but there's not that special flavour bringing them together.
While this butter is perfectly decent, it isn't quite up to the standards of other brands. I'd happily buy it if the other options were much pricier (which sometimes they are), but supermarkets often have special offers on branded butters, bringing them down in price so that they're only a few pence more than this. Given that choice, I'd definitely stock up on the big brand butters, as they certainly have the edge on this for flavour. But this is perfectly satisfactory, and will do the job at a great price if you're not too picky!
My mum tried to be a bit crafty last week, she brought a block of this Value Butter from Tesco and put it into the butter dish without the wrapper on to see if anyone would notice the difference. I don't eat a lot of butter so wasn't bothered anyway but she deffo fooled everyone else in the house! lol
It costs about 70p for a 250g block and personally I could tell that it was cheap butter because it's got quite a greasy pale look to it.
It's mega hard to spread straight out of the fridge and we ended up taking it out and putting the butter dish out in the kitchen to save the stress of trying to spread rock hard cold butter onto fresh bread! I think it was my dad who sussed it out for being Value butter first because he usually has Lurpak and he could tell from the spreading that this was cheapo.
I had some on toast last night and it was nice, it tasted like any other butter to me really but I reckon it deffo needed a bit more salt in it. It's weird because I was expecting the butter to be madly salty with it being so cheap but it's completely the opposite and needs more!
The texture is a bit more runny greasy than other brands I've had, that doesn't make sense I know but every mouth full of toast I could feel a thin grease in my mouth. That went pretty much as soon as it happened but it's a weird feeling and I wasn't mad keen on it.
I can't see why you'd not like the taste of this butter because it's just the same as most other butters, the difference is that is hasn't got such a creamy texture to it but at the end of the day butter is butter and I can't never tell what's a creamy brand and what isn't! lol
This would be a wicked purchase for people who do a lot of baking because your cooking will deffo turn out better using proper butter (even if it's mega cheap!!!) than a spread.
Recommended... sort of, if you like butter that is!!!
I have tried out the Tesco value butter and this is my review.
I have been trying out a lot of the items in the Tesco value range recently to see if I can save some money on my weekly shop. I have thought that some of the items are very good value and I am pleased with them so will buy them again. Other items have been rubbish though and I will not buy them again in the future.
I use a lot of butter as I am a big baker and do a lot of cooking. If I am looking for butter to spread on my toast or use in a sandwich then I am fussy about the taste but if I am looking for butter for a recipe or for cooking with and I am going to be adding more ingredients and seasoning and things then I am not as fussy about which butter I use so this is why I thought I would try out the Tesco value butter.
The packaging is very basic but this is cos it is a Tesco value item and all of the items in the Tesco value range are very basic as it is a 'no frills' range and you are only paying for the item itself and not for it to be put into a fancy packet. This does not worry me cos the packaging goes in the bin anyway!
The butter has a single wrapper on the outside which is made of like a grease proof paper. It is a plain white colour and it has the name of the item on it and the usual Tesco value bright red colour as well as the usual Tesco value logo.
The butter comes in an oblong block and is 250g size and it looks lovely when I take it from the wrapper and put it in my butter tray. It looks a lovely yellow colour and it smells like a nicely salted butter. I paid about 85 pence for the block of Tesco value salted butter. I think they also do an unsalted version.
The first time I used the butter I was making garlic mushrooms and they need to be stuffed with butter that has been mixed with other ingredients such as herbs and bread crumb. This butter was fine for me to use and the texture of it was as thick as other butter that I have bought before.
The taste of the garlic mushrooms when they were cooked were really nice and this is a dish I make often and I could not tell any difference from using this butter in the dish and other butters.
I was to nosy and had to try out the Tesco value butter for taste by itself so I spread a little on a digestive biscuit which is a little snack I have at supper time some night times before bed. I thought the taste of the Tesco value butter was very nice although I like my butter to be quite salty tasted and this Tesco value butter was not as salty as I would have liked. If you do not like salty tasted butter though then you might like the taste of the Tesco value butter better than I did.
I will be buying the Tesco value butter again and I would suggest giving it a try cos I thought it was a very good value product and was a very good price. I used to pay about £1 for a block of butter so the price for the Tesco value butter to be used in baking is a good price for me and I am happy with this.
Until a few months ago, we weren't really big butter eaters in our household due to the bad publicity that butter has had in the press from 'healthy' margarine manufacturers. We did buy it once or twice as a treat and the habit has stuck, we can't bear margarine anymore!
The problem with butter is the price in comparison with margarines, which when you compare by weight is quite substantial. You also tend to use loads more because it's so tasty, whereas piling up the marge on your toast reminds me somewhat of melted then reformed plastic, thus increasing the costs and the chance of heart disease. But we love it, so we've decided to buy butter only.
Being the credit crunch and all, and my being unemployed, I spend much of my time looking at ways to cut costs. We've started venturing further into the realm of value brands and trying the various bits and pieces to compare with branded goods. One of our most successful trials has been Tesco Value Butter. I honestly can not find fault with it. I even heard a whisper that it's made in the same factory as Country Life, although I cannot vouch for this.
Tesco Value butter comes in a block of 250g, exactly the same size and shape as regular brands of butter. The packaging is dark, Tesco Blue with the stripy value logo on the front. It's actually much more attractive than the image displayed on the top of this review. The wrapping is the grease proof paper kind you used to get on Echo marge, which is fine for us as then it makes a great medium for greasing baking tins before use.
Tesco Value butter (here I'm writing of the Salted Butter) is delicious in flavour. It is salty, which is exactly how I like it, and to sadly contradict another reviewer on here, I do find that it has a creamy texture. I suppose all taste buds are different and it isn't the creamiest butter I've ever tasted, but it is good. It tastes as good as any other butter I've tried which is unbelievable for a 69p pack (increased from 50p on their offer a few weeks back).
The butter is also great for baking. In the past, due to prohibitive costs, I would tend to use stork margarine, however last week I made some toffee sauce for our popcorn and it was divine. The saltiness really added a lot of flavour and I've not had toffee popcorn quite as nice, ever. Fairy cakes and sponges come out light and fluffy and my flapjacks were fantastic too.
After trying Tesco Value Butter, we are very unlikely to go back to branded alternatives. I know it's only 30p difference from the bottom of the market brands, but over time (we use eight packs a month) it's almost £30 saved on butter alone. And whilst it was on offer at 50p per pack, I got ten of them from the freezer! I was never one for Tesco Value products after a nasty experience with their version of 'Weetabix' about 8 years ago, however, slowly but surely I'm starting to try more and more, and I'm pleasantly surprised as how far they've come in terms of quality.
I am am avid cake baker, and always exploring different ingredients to spice up the usual cakes, or make them at a lower cost to the same quality. The other day Tesco's value butter caught my eye due to its low price so I bought a block for a trial cake.
The butter comes in approx 250g block, which is normally enough for me to make a cake and the icing. The block is wrapped in red and white striped paper (not blue and white which is strange). I am not sure if the packaging is recyclable or not, which would obviously be a bonus. The picture on the packaging is quite basic, and nothing ealborate or funky, just like you expect from a basics range.
The butter is no difference in appearance to any other price butter. It is not any paler, it is the same yellow colour. The butter also has the same consitency. I always leave it to melt a tiny bit before use to make it easier. The butter, once in the cake tastes as good as any other butter I have tried. For this reason with its wonderfully cheap price, I will never buy any other butter for baking.
I asked my Dad to try it on his toast as a real test to check out the non disguised taste of it also, he gave it the thumbs up! i have also tried it on a jaket potato and it tastes lovely. I will only buy this butter from now on the price wins for me, everytime.
I'm not really a frequent butter user, as I prefer to put 'Lurpak Spreadable' on my sandwiches, crackers, and whatever else needs a bit of moisturisation. That said, I do occasionally perform a bit of baking, and for that purpose will buy a block of cheap butter to use amongst the ingredients.
Costing 75p for the 250g block, Tesco Value Butter is actually one of those cheap lines which isn't massively different in price to the big name brands - 'Country Life' for example will only set you back around 20p more for the same size.
Tesco's value-esque butter comes packaged in the familiar red, white and blue branding, which, on this occasion is in greaseproof paper form rather than the foil wrappings which are seen as standard on the more expensive makes.
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What I like about this particular butter is the fact that it isn't too heavily salted. I have occasionally found that many of the big-name butter brands use too much sodium in their products, making them even more unhealthy. Of course, I could resort to buying the unsalted varieties, but I do like a wee bit of salt to bring out the taste.
What is lacking in this particular butter is a creamyness which is ultimately more prevalent in both Kerrygold and Lurpak - it's not a huge difference, but certainly noticeable. Also, Tesco Value Butter seems to develop an odd musty flavour when left in the fridge for a while, so it would seem that it can go off fairly quickly.
All butter generally has the same consistency, and Tesco Butter is neither easier or more difficult to spread when taken straight from the fridge - so paying less won't result in a restriction of your spreading prowess :)
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For baking, Tesco Value Butter makes for a perfectly suitable ingredient, and will ultimately save some cash if you are regularly in the kitchen with your cook's hat on. However, for general day to day use, due it's restricted flavour, I would always use the Lurpak's and Clover style spreads of this world.